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LIFES A BEACH!Dive right into the best beaches, exotic islands, incredible surfing hotspots and magnificent dive sites in the Asia-Pacific region. The underwater kingdom with its diverse marine life, kaleidoscope of colourful corals and absolutely stunning views await you. Bask in the carefree island life as you experience rich cultures and Asias unique brand of hospitality wherever you go. The beautiful island paradises and the underwater kingdoms of Asia-Pacific are ready to be explored! Whether you long for a taste of luxury, prefer the convenience of a package tour or get a thrill from roughing it out away from the usual tourist trails, we have a wide selection of memorable vacation spots for every sun-loving traveller. Come and discover what awesome truly is in the next 100+ pages, and find your perfect island getaway right here! Share your newest dream destinations with friends and family. No man is an island after all, but there is an island (or beach) for everyone.


LEGENDS (Activities)

Beach Sports




Island Hopping

Jet Skiing




Relaxing/ Sunbathing









Walks & Hikes

Water Skiing


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CONTENTSAUSTRALIAGold Coast Melbourne Perth Sydney

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JAPAN MALAYSIAJohor Bahru Kota Bharu Kota Kinabalu Labuan Langkawi Penang Sandakan Tawau Terengganu

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THAILANDBangkok Hat Yai Krabi Phuket Surat Thani Trang


Special Feature I: Top 5 Family Getaways in Asia INDONESIABali Balikpapan Banda Aceh Bandung Jakarta Lombok Makassar Padang Palembang Pekanbaru Semarang Yogyakarta

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Special Feature III: 85 Underwater Worlds THE PHILIPPINESClark Kalibo Davao

VIETNAMDa Nang Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City

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Special Feature II: Love in Every Sunset

Special Feature IV: 101 Away from the CoastAll information in this guide is correct at press time and is subject to change without prior notice.


GOLD COASTStreasured shoresSURFERS PARADISEThe stretch of beaches, malls, restaurants and clubs sets the tone for Surfers Paradise as the ultimate Gold Coast holiday experience. HOW Gold Coast Airport (30 mins bus Schedules) Surfers Paradise CONTACT Tourism Queensland ACTIVITIES SMART TIP If you love the atmosphere but long for a quieter pace, head to Broadbeach down south of Surfers Paradise for some personal beach fun.AirAsia Berhad 2012. All rights reserved. |

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Miles and miles of ultimate beach entertainment!


SUNSHINE COASTSunshine Coast is a breath of fresh air. Enjoy some of Australias freshest seafood and produce at oceanfront restaurants, and dont miss the 4WD journey along Rainbow Beach. HOW Gold Coast Airport (3 hrs drive) Noosa, Sunshine Coast CONTACT Sunshine Coast ACTIVITIES

FUN FACT! Humpback whales migrate along the east coast of Australia from Antarctica to mate and give birth, and theyll stay along the coastal line of Sunshine Coast for 2-3 weeks.

Spend time with family and friends at Noosa Beach broadwalk Tourism Queensland

MORETON ISLANDMix in a lil bit of adventure with your beach vacation! Expect exhilarating activities ranging from wreck diving to dolphin feeding, and four-wheel driving to sand tobogganing at Moreton Island. HOW Gold Coast Airport (20 mins bus Schedules) Robina Train Station, Brisbane Robina Train Station (20 mins taxi) Holt Street Jetty Holt Street Jetty (15 mins ferry Fares & Schedules) Tangalooma Jetty, Moreton Island

CONTACT Tangalooma Island Resort ACTIVITIES

SIGHTINGS Humpback whales (Jun-Oct)

oints BIG P EE for FR s.Tangalooma Wrecks where you get to swim with the Trevallies, Batfish, Wobbegongs and more! Tourism Australia08 | AirAsia Berhad 2012. All rights reserved.


GETTING TO GOLD COAST From FrequencyKuala Lumpur 5x Weekly


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Fare FromMYR 529

SIGHTINGS Dolphins, whales, dugongs, turtles, Fish-Cleaning Wrasse, groupers, Batfish, Trevally, moray eels, Spiny Lionfish, Stonefish, sea eagle, Wobbegong FUN FACT! Fifteen vessels sank between 1963 and 1984, creating the Tangalooma Wrecks, a prime diving and snorkelling spot which attracts a vast marine life and diving enthusiasts.

Snorkelling Down Under is quite an experience! Tourism Australia

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Dont be surprised if you manage to spot one out of the 40 resident Manta Rays. Tourism Queensland

LADY ELLIOT ISLANDCome explore the unspoilt coral reef and spectacular marine life of Lady Elliot, with visibility of over 30 meters. No wonder it is renowned for its world-class snorkeling and diving spots. HOW Gold Coast Airport (2 hrs charter flight) Lady Elliot Island CONTACT Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef


RECOMMENDEDSIGHTINGS Manta rays, Loggerhead Turtle, Humpback Whale (migration Jun-Oct) FUN FACT! Lady Elliot Island is one of the only three island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, famous for a resident population of 40 Manta Rays which form the iconic logo of the island.


Outrigger Surfers Paradise Tangalooma Island Resort Moorings on Cavill Peppers Broadbeach

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A lively atmosphere greets you at St. Kilda Beach


MELBOURNEST KILDA BEACHFifteen minutes away from Melbourne is the ultimate beach playground. Its a great place to hang and let loose at the waterfronts restaurants, theme park and entertainment outlets. HOW Tullamarine Airport Melbourne (20 mins bus Fares & Schedules) Southern Cross Station in the city Southern Cross Station (10 mins tram Schedules) Federation Square Federation Square (15 mins tram Schedules) St. Kilda Beach OR Tullamarine Airport Melbourne (50 mins bus Fares & Schedules St. Kilda Beach CONTACT Melbourne Tourism ACTIVITIES

FUN FACT! The atmosphere of St Kilda is further jazzed up by the art and crafts market that takes place on the esplanade every Sunday from 10am-5pm.


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PHILLIP ISLANDIts the perfect family vacation spot with the great beaches, entertaining koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre, weird and funky A Maze N Things, and the famous penguin parade. HOW Tullamarine Airport Melbourne (20 mins bus Fares & Schedules) Southern Cross Station, Melbourne Southern Cross Station (90 mins car/coach Fares & Schedules) Cowes, Phillip Island CONTACT Phillip Island


SIGHTINGS Penguins, koalas, Australian Fur Seal, seagulls FUN FACT! The penguin parade happens daily at sunset, when you can watch these cute birds in tuxedos march happily across Summerland Beach.

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GETTING TO MELBOURNE From Frequency Fare FromKuala Lumpur 7x Weekly MYR 529


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GREAT OCEAN ROADOne of the worlds most scenic coastal drives youll ever experiencewith surfing beaches, dramatic cliffs, rolling farmlands and charming seaside towns sprawled along Victorias spectacular coastline. HOW Tullamarine Airport Melbourne (20 mins bus Fares & Schedules) Southern Cross Station in the city Melbourne city centre (full days journey) Great Ocean Road CONTACT Great Ocean Road ACTIVITIES

A spectacular view of the Great Ocean Road drive

SIGHTINGS Koalas, whales, walruses SMART TIP It is best to spend 2 days for the trip so you can truly enjoy each scenic stop along the way. Dont miss the helicopter tour for exhilarating aerial views.



Ramada Resort Phillip Island Art Series-The Blackman Novotel Melbourne St KildaHues of gold and red colouring the Twelve Apostles at sunset.



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A dip in the waters or a dip of chocolate for your ice cream, its always fun in Cottesloe Beach. Tourism Australia

PERTHSCOTTESLOE BEACHThe great laidback atmosphere of Perth is further jazzed up at Cottesloe Beach, where you get to enjoy the beach at a leisurely pace. This wellmaintained tranquil beach is located on the suburb of Cottesloe just 15 minutes away by car from the city centre. You can capture spectacular sunsets here. HOW Perth Airport (1 hr bus Fares & Schedules) Kings Park Kings Park (5 mins walk) Mounts Bay Road Mounts Bay Road (35 mins bus Fares & Schedules) Cottesloe Beach CONTACT Tourism Western Australia

Pelicans, Penguins and QuokkasACTIVITIES

FUN FACT! Check the local calendar for Sculpture by the Sea, a yearly event (March in 2013) where local and international artists t